Audio Push Discusses 'Narcos'-Inspired Cut 'Vamonos' Feat. Kap G & Their 'Stone Junction' EP
Inland Empire's resident hip-hop duo Audio Push are pre-gaming for their debut with the rambunctious yet unapologetic The Stone Junction EP (a nod to their native Califonia as well as their recording location, Stone Mountain, Georgia). Delivering the turn-up anthems "Servin'" and the Kap G-assisted "Vamonos" (which sparked from a Narcos episode), the "Teach Me How to Jerk" hitmaking tandem comprised of Julian "Oktane" Brown and Larry "Price" Jacks are delving into what they consider their "first commercial" effort.
"This is so far from our debut album," teases Price over the phone, noting that the seven-track offering is a combination of their Cali roots and the Dirty South sound. "I want people to understand this [project] is still us holding back -- this isn’t us telling our direct story. This is just us giving you a jab before the knock out, period."
Here, the self-proclaimed "Good Vibe Tribe" break down several stand-out tracks off The Stone Junction EP and also serve up their "Vamonos" video.
Price: "“BBQ Spot” is basically about a stereotype. The hook is “They want to put me in a box/ The industry, the enemies and the cops/ These n---as run around with mops but they ain’t working at a barbecue spot." So one, I own a barbecue restaurant in the IE. [Secondly,] people -- from labels to everyone -- were always like, 'What is Audio Push’s sound?’ They have always tried to put one sound to it; and we can’t do it -- because we make so many different styles of music because we come from so many backgrounds.
Oktane: And every situation of life.
Price: In the IE, I got homies in shoot-outs everyday. I got to move around a certain way at my restaurant because there are people in the city that would love to catch me easily -- just because of who we are and how big we are in the city. So those are trying to put us in a box, and obviously with all the stuff that is going on as far as the cops, the terrorist shooting that happened in San Bernardino -- that’s in the IE. One of the shooters was my health inspector at my restaurant so we’re right there [with] the shit that is going down. ["BBQ Spot"] is just us touching all those different avenues in one song. We’re still keeping it hard as fuck because at the end of the day, these n----s are running around with choppers now. You see kids running around with assault riffles. Mobs hanging out, killing each other; it’s just crazy.
"Vamonos" (Feat. Kap G)
Price: That was one of the earlier songs [recorded] in creating this project. We were actually at Tree Sounds Studios [in Atlanta] working with the homie Izze The Producer. My boy from out here, singer PK, was telling me we should get in with Kap. We were already hip to him and liked his stuff. He was obviously hip to our stuff and liked our music. The moment Kap G walked into the studio, we were in there for 30 to 40 minutes max. We were watching Narcos, which is like this cool ass [Netflix] show about [drug lord] Pablo Escobar, if people aren’t hip. Then I heard one of the dudes tell Pablo Escobar, “Vamonos." I just asked Kap G, 'What does “Vamonos” mean?' And he said, 'Let’s go.' [I said,] 'Say no more.' I just went into the booth and laid the hook down. Kap crushed his verse. Izze The Producer crushed the production. We literally created that whole joint from the ground up that night. In that moment, we knew that shit was going to be in movies.
"Hard" (Feat. Trae Tha Truth)
Oktane: Kind of like the same with Kap G. Trae Tha Truth just put out a project that I placed two beats on. We also featured on a record with Trae The Truth, Rick Ross and T.I. [called "All Good"]. [Producer] Deko played the beat, and right away, we just wanted to bar up on that shit.
We love working with underdogs. We love working with the people that I feel like people sleep on and are awesome because we feel like we are in that light as well. We got all these dope people we’ve done music but we pride ourselves on shit like “Hard” with Trae Tha Truth where we get to showcase that he is a crazy lyricist and we’re crazy lyricists.
"Vibed Up Shawty"
Price: We were at Tree Sounds [Studio] working in Atlanta, and it was one of our late nights. It had to be at least 4 a.m. [We were] mad tired, ready to go and [producer] Izze was about to leave as well but he was like ‘I’m going to play some shit before I leave.' He played the whole “Vibed Up Shawty” beat and it was dope but I liked the first 20 seconds. I just told the engineer, ‘Yo load that up, chop that up and just fly that for the whole song and let me go in there.' I went in and was saying "Vibed Up Shawty."
The homie Louie Lastic -- who produced a lot for [D.C. artist] GoldLink -- came in and added crazy stuff to “Vibed Up Shawty.” We had [St. Louis rapper] Preach come in and add the bridge. We love music, we want people to feel how we feel. We love Brandy. We love Michael Jackson. We want you to feel all that with listening to Audio Push. "Vibed up shawty" means you’re just chilling. I’m vibed up, just chilling, just coolin'.
Oktane: We just don’t push rap or R&B; we push art. We create an experience for people that is bigger than rap.
Oktane: We don’t go into the studio like "this is what we are going to do." We just go with the flow and whatever we end up talking about just becomes the premise of [a track]. On this particular song ["Same"], that is just one of the realest statements ever in human history: we grow, we don’t change. I feel like a lot of people don’t understand the difference in those two words. Us coming to Georgia wasn’t us chasing the sound. We wanted to switch it up and do something different.
Price: We were two kids that were born and raised in the Inland Empire, and we’ve never seen anything outside of it. Now, we are at a place where we can live in different states and actually survive, and take care of ourselves. So it’s like let’s go and tell our story out here, and get into different cultures, different people, different stories but still at the same time, always keep it us. We still got the same squad, we still telling the same stories, same thing so we can just keep going.
Oktane: You have to understand we are not going to ever, ever just be this weird ass one sound rap group. We’re artists. We really paint. We really draw. We really do everything. I feel like the ending of the whole EP sounds like a Disney movie.
Cop Audio Push's The Stone Junction EP on iTunes here.